Activities for Kids

Here is a list of resources our pediatricians put together for parents while you are home with your children during the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic.

Here’s a list of free ESVA wifi hotspots.

Fun Resources

A quick start resource to help families pull together a plan for surviving the next 1-2 months at home with their kids, but it can also be a time of slowing down and enjoying kids as they learn. Preschool through 8th grade:   https://abetterwaytohomeschool.com/learning-at-home-everything-you-need-in-one-place.html?fbclid=IwAR0Lo2FZ5cWLMt-6nto19auqTtI5kztqLqwi3japOPl1rcR_rLaNuCUcaYw

Check out a podcast like the ones mentioned in this article https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/parenting/podcasts-for-kids.html like “Circle Round” or “But Why?”

Aquariums, parks and more are offering virtual visits and tours :

Free videos from around the world from grade 3-12:  https://www.projectexplorer.org/

Virtual art museum visits:

Videos of famous actors reading kids’ books: https://www.storylineonline.net/

Drawing lessons on Instagram Live with Mo Willems: https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/

Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc: https://www.allkidsnetwork.com/

Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities:  https://www.highlightskids.com/

Games, quizzes and fact sheets take kids on a journey through time: https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/

Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science: https://www.nomsterchef.com/nomster-recipe-library

Printable board games, activities and more for phonics and reading all using evidence-based methods. Can be customized to any student’s needs including creating flashcards for other subjects: https://dogonalogbooks.com/printables/

PBS Kids arts & crafts: https://mediaplayer.whro.org/program/crafts-kids

Indoor Activities for busy toddlers: https://busytoddler.com/2020/03/indoor-activities/fbclid=IwAR3tYXAqw7tJRAzLExpPcJo4rApLsKtgL0AwghzxgnhwOajc4auX6o12_xw

Recipes and cooking activities: https://www.americastestkitchen.com/kids/home

FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs:  https://www.farmfood360.ca/

Guide to gardening for kids:  https://web.extension.illinois.edu/firstgarden/

Daily free science or cooking experiment to do at home: http://www.clubscikidzmd.com/blog/

3 Free Weeks of Maker Stations to keep your children creating at home! Each challenge includes simple instructions using materials around the house, QR code video resources, and a student recording sheet: bit.ly/freemakerstations

Novel Effect makes storytime a little more fun for kids (and grown-ups too!) As you read out loud from print books (or ebooks!) music, sound effects, and character voices play at just the right moment, adjusting and responding to your voice:  https://noveleffect.com/

Free stories online ages 3-12:  https://www.freechildrenstories.com/

National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students.  Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text:  https://ngexplorer.cengage.com/ngyoungexplorer/index.html

Quick & easy at home projects curated for kids 2 and up: https://www.kiwico.com/kids-at-home

Exercise and Music Resources

Cosmic kids yoga on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5uIZ2KOZZeQDQo_Gsi_qbQ

Do some “Zumba Kids” videos on youtube with your child at home
https://healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/preschool/nutrition-fitness/Pages/Motor-Activity-and-Self-Play.aspx

Educational brain breaks to help students review essential literacy and math skills, while getting in some exercise. Videos to help your child keep learning at home and burn off some extra energy. Site best for ages 4-8: https://fluencyandfitness.com/register/school-closures/

Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts:  https://www.gonoodle.com/

Free at-home kids yoga lesson plans:   https://littletwistersyoga.com/online-store/

Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout: https://app.sworkit.com/collections/kids-workouts

At home OT, PT, and ST resources designed to build skills in children through movement and play: https://www.theottoolbox.com/

Poetry and music:  https://www.thewell.world/mindful-music/mindful-poetry-moments

Silly music class on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdPPfqaKDjxylCh_rS3YwAQ

Music is for everyone: https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments

Introductory and intermediate music theory lessons, exercises, ear trainers, and calculators:  https://www.musictheory.net/

Prodigies is a colorful music curriculum for kids 1-12 that will teach your kids how to play their first instrument, how to sing in tune & how to understand the language of music! 21 for free:  https://prodigiesmusic.com/

QuaverMusic is offering free access to general music activities to all impacted schools, including free student access at-home: https://www.quavermusic.com/info/at-home-resources/

Music Based Spanish Learning:  https://rockalingua.com/

Music practice transformed:  https://www.smartmusic.com/

Sight reading and sight singing practice exercises: https://www.sightreadingfactory.com/

Educational Resources

WHRO middle and high school online courses, free for access as long as VA Public Schools remain closed: https://digitallearning.whro.org/

For students to practice and master whatever they are learning: https://quizlet.com/

300,000+ FREE printable worksheets from toddlers to teens: https://www.123homeschool4me.com/home-school-free-printables/

Free printable K-8 Reading and Math activity packs (available in English and Spanish): https://www.curriculumassociates.com/supporting-students-away-from-school

Free Printables for PreK-2nd Grade: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Literacy-With-The-Littles/Price-Range/Free

Free printables library with activities for children 0-6:  https://www.littlesparkcompany.com/printables-library

Entertaining & educational videos for all levels and subjects:  https://www.izzit.org/index.php

Short videos and readings that answer various burning questions for students. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions: http://wonderopolis.org/

PreK-12 digital media service with more than 30,000 learning materials: https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/

Online education program for toddler through high school:  https://www.khanacademy.org/

Curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students: https://pebblego.com/free-pebblego-capstone-interactive-access-school-closures?fbclid=IwAR0ldr6TT3grhEDzJ_fEpYvNGG13kqYo5ogwEqYneW7QBkX8L4u7cEIS0nE

Miscellaneous games for all subjects k-8:  https://www.funbrain.com/

PreK – 5 games for all subjects  https://www.turtlediary.com/

Carmen Sandiego videos, stories, and lessons for all subject areas:  https://www.carmensandiego.com/resources/

Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Daily lessons and educational activities that kids can do on their own:  https://www.superchargedschool.com/

Digital learning content for preschool through high school: https://www.curriki.org/

7,000 free videos in 13 subject areas:  https://hippocampus.org/

Critical Thinking resources for K-6 students: https://marketplace.mythinkscape.com/store/redtkids

Online homeschool platform & curriculum for Pre-K to 12th grade.  All main subjects are covered, plus extra curriculum courses:  http://discoveryk12.com/dk12/

Every course you could possibly want to homeschool for high school: https://allinonehighschool.com/

Every course you could possibly want to homeschool preschool – 8:   https://allinonehomeschool.com/

https://www.lakeshorelearning.com/resources/free-resources

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Khan academy schedules for school closures by grade level: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSZhOdEPAWjUQpqDkVAlJrFwxxZ9Sa6zGOq0CNRms6Z7DZNq-tQWS3OhuVCUbh_-P-WmksHAzbsrk9d/pub

Khan academy free educational resources for kids 4-18 and Khan Academy Kids app for kids 2-7: https://www.khanacademy.org/

Resources for AP students including live reviews, live trivia, and study guides! https://app.fiveable.me/

An online physics problem and video bank designed for conceptual, standard, honors or AP1 physics:  https://www.positivephysics.org/home

Test Prep for SAT, ACT, etc.:  https://www.bwseducationconsulting.com/handouts.php

Tons of free classes from leading universities and companies:  https://www.coursera.org/

Classes for older teens or adults: https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/lp/t1/freemo?source_id=FREEMO&utm_source=Social_Media&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=1000614&fbclid=IwAR1vaJx-3_aCdyE75S0fTJg4JZ_jI6KJvsJb4CnXY03tnfTm3FdgflaNpYs

450 Ivy League courses that you can take: https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/ivy-league-free-online-courses-a0d7ae675869/?fbclid=IwAR0tbYeSJTzmrzgs1z1Brpoh-Lg8zoqnThQAUTFqR-bBX9O6AEh2_lnLhTs

2,500+ online courses from top institutions: https://www.edx.org/

Scads of free resources, games, learning resources, and lesson plans for teaching personal finance: https://www.ngpf.org/

Improve your typing skills while competing in fast-paced races with up to 5 typers from around the world: https://www.nitrotype.com/

Keyboarding practice:  https://www.typingclub.com/   or https://www.typing.com/

Science, Math, Social Studies: https://www.ck12.org/student/

A collection of hundreds of free K-12 STEM resources, from standalone models and simulations to short activities and week long sequences of curriculum materials:  https://learn.concord.org/

Next Generation Science video game focused on middle school where students directly engage in science phenomena as they solve problems:  https://www.tytoonline.com/

Science lessons and experiments that can be done at home: https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning

Science projects that can be completed with or without Internet access:  https://sciencespot.net/Pages/classhome.html

Space science for kiddos:  https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html

Learn all about earthquakes: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids/

Learn all about the periodic table:  https://www.chemicool.com/

Farmer’s almanac for kids…  Date, weather, moon phase, etc.: https://www.almanac.com/kids

High school chemistry topics:  https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/articles-by-topic.html

Chemistry:  https://www.playmadagames.com/

Biology:  https://www.biologysimulations.com/

Online history classes for all ages preteen through adults:  https://school.bighistoryproject.com/bhplive

Digital archive of history:  https://www.bunkhistory.org/

Hands on Elem science videos: https://www.backpacksciences.com/science-simplified

Science simulations, scientist profiles, and other digital resources for middle school science and high school biology: https://sepuplhs.org/

Geography and animals: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

Geography lessons: http://www.encantosbrands.com/learning

3D printing projects and coding projects, involving math and other K-12 subjects:  https://www.instructables.com/member/EdgertonCenter/instructables/  Learn to code: https://www.codecademy.com/

Enter your math problem or search term, press the button, and they show you the step-by-step work and answer instantly. 2nd grade through college:  https://www.mathcelebrity.com/online-math-tutor.php

Website allows students to play basic games to reinforce math skills and compete against the computer or others:  https://www.mangahigh.com/en-us/

K-8 online math program that looks at how a student is solving problems to adjust accordingly and build a unique learning path for them: https://www.dreambox.com/at-home

Math practice: https://xtramath.org/#/home/index

K-5 curriculum that builds deep understanding and a love of learning math for all students:  https://www.zearn.org/

Elem Math games, logic puzzles and educational resources: https://www.mathplayground.com/

Elem Math through 6th grade:  https://boddlelearning.com/

Math Videos with lessons, real life uses of math, famous actors: https://www.hmhco.com/math-at-work

Math and reading games:  https://www.funbrain.com/ and https://www.abcya.com/

Middle school math through AP Calculus:  https://deltamath.com/overview

Math practice from counting to algebra and geometry: http://www.mathscore.com/

Geometry: https://www.canfigureit.com/

Math and language games: https://www.arcademics.com/

Math as a fun part of your daily family routine: http://bedtimemath.org/

Adaptive curriculum in Math and English/language arts for Grades K-8: https://www.scootpad.com/

K-5th Science lessons:  https://mysteryscience.com/

Educational games K-12:  https://www.breakoutedu.com/funathome

Vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin:  https://conjuguemos.com/

35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world: https://www.countryreports.org/

Phonics skills: https://www.starfall.com/h/. Also phonics worksheets: Phonics worksheets for kids  https://www.funfonix.com/

Phonics and learning to read: https://readingeggs.com/

Spelling 1-4 grade: https://www.spellingtraining.com/

ReadWorks is an online resource of reading passages and lesson plans for students of all levels K-12:   https://www.readworks.org/

Grammar practice for middle grades:  https://www.classroomcereal.com/

The Shurley English program for grades K-8 provides a clear, logical, and concrete approach to language arts:  https://www.shurley.com/

Online curriculum that builds better writers:  https://www.noredink.com/

Teaches students how to write a paragraph through interactive online tutorial:  http://www.paragraphpunch.com/

Play with fave show characters and learn too: https://pbskids.org/

Outdoor early childhood education programs: https://www.tinkergarten.com/

Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss https://www.seussville.com/

Engaging reading game for grades 2-8 that combines strategy, engagement, and imaginative reading passages to create a fun, curriculum-aligned literacy game: https://www.squigglepark.com/dreamscape/

Reading passages for grades 3-12, with reading comprehension and discussion questions: https://www.commonlit.org/

Play games and learn all about animals: https://switchzoo.com/

Animated shorts about environmental issues: https://mediaplayer.whro.org/program/greenbeats

Animated videos about healthy habits: https://mediaplayer.whro.org/program/healthbeat

PBS Crash Course educational videos:

Several links for kids pre-K through 5th grade about viruses and how to prevent spreading them: https://emediava.org/lo/2800003003

Several links for kids 6th grade through 12th grade about viruses and how to prevent spreading them:
https://emediava.org/lo/2800003002

WHRO educational resources link: https://whro.org/kids-family/7641-keep-your-kids-engaged-and-learning-with-these-resources?utm_source=enewsletter&utm_medium=enews&utm_term=text&utm_campaign=200324

Games to get “into the book:” https://reading.ecb.org/

Voice based learning… learn through Alexa: https://bamboolearning.com/resources

ClickSchooling brings you daily recommendations by email for entertaining websites that help your kids learn: https://clickschooling.com/

Learn a Language Resources

Resources for Spanish practice: https://www.difusion.com/campus/

Chinese learning activities:  https://chalkacademy.com/

Vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin:  https://conjuguemos.com/

22 languages to learn:  https://www.memrise.com/

Psychological Resources

Child Mind Institute psychological coping resources during COVID for kids and parents: https://childmind.org/coping-during-covid-19-resources-for-parents/

Headspace meditation app: https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app

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